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Best of the Best Books 2021

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Our “best of the best” returns for 2021! We’ve reviewed the end-of-year best book lists out there and narrowed them down into one reference guide.

Overwhelmed by what to read from the past year? We’ve gathered the fiction, nonfiction, and young adult titles we recommended in 2021 that also appear on one (or more) of the favorite lists from:

BookRiot, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Women & Children First, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal,

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Most Popular Books 2021

Monthly calendar

We’ve gathered the most popular books in 2021 for a look back at the year! In each of our monthly newsletters, we share the top two most-viewed titles on the Reading Group Choices site for that month.

Here are the titles — a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult — that caught our readers’ attention from January to December: the most popular books in 2021. Do you remember these great reads? See if they match your own group’s most popular books…


One of our recommended books is The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune    One of our recommended books is Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour


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Take a Chance: Debut Authors in 2021 (so far)!

Debut authors in 2021

From January to June, readers have already been introduced to a host of debut authors in 2021!

We’re proud to offer a selection of first-time novelists and memoirs, adult and YA alike, that we’ve recommended so far this year on Reading Group Choices. Take a chance with one of these new voices! Find discussion questions, interviews, and extras below for a lively discussion with your group. We’re already looking forward more debut authors in 2021, and a second half as lively as the first…

Ready to discover your new favorite author?

One of our recommended books is Black Buck by Mateo AskaripourBlack Buck

by Mateo Askaripour


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Top Ten Read Books from RGC 2020

Our 2020 survey results are in! And along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten most-read titles specifically from Reading Group Choices 2020.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?

Most-Read of 2020

1. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

One of our recommended and most read books is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson


Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s,

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Irish Authors Reading List

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Spend your St. Patrick’s Day with one of the books on our contemporary Irish authors reading list!

March brings readers the opportunity to celebrate Irish culture, especially its literature! Independent publishers like Tramp Press bring Irish and international voices to the page, and the Ennis Book Club Festival gathers readers together every year. Indie bookstores like The Gutter Bookshop and No Alibis serve their local communities (and ship). And you don’t have to look far to find the acclaimed novels, memoir, and YA titles from Irish authors that have been making news and gaining awards.

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Books Inspired by Austen

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Discover novels, memoir, YA and more inspired by the timeless novels of Jane Austen!

More than 200 years after they first appeared, the novels of Jane Austen continue to inspire writers and readers. From historical fiction (and mystery!) that features the original characters to plots updated to our times, from memoir about the lasting impact of her work to a children’s book parody — the legacy of Austen continues to find new life on the page. Enjoy these picks for your next group meeting, or just for your next personal Austen read!

One of our recommended books is The Jane Austen Society by Natalie JennerThe Jane Austen Society

by Natalie Jenner

One hundred and fifty years ago,

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